Remorques (Stormy Waters): (Gremillon, 1941): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 8.30pm
This film, part of the Jean Gremillon season at BFI Southbank, also screens on July 9th. Full details of the season here.
Chicago Reader review:
Dave Kehr has rightly called Jean Gremillon “Jean Renoir's only serious
rival in the prewar French cinema,” largely on the basis of Gueule d'amour
(1937), Gremillon's first film with Jean Gabin. But the director
released three comparably impressive features during the occupation,
starting with this 1941 drama about a gruff, married salvage-boat
captain in Brittany (Gabin) falling for the recently estranged wife
(Michele Morgan) of a ruthless captain whose merchant ship he's towing
to safety. Gabin and Morgan may have been the hottest couple this side
of Bogart and Bacall, and despite some awkward use of miniatures in the
early stretches, this benefits from stormy atmospherics, masterful
characterization, and expressive use of sound. The script was adapted
successively by Charles Spaak, Andre Cayatte, and Jacques Prevert from a
novel by Roger Vercel. With Madeleine Renaud.
Here is the trailer.